AP PA Headlines 1/3/19
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — It’s sometimes called State College and sometimes University Park, but Penn State wants to ensure it holds the trademark when it’s called Happy Valley. The Centre Daily Times reported Wednesday the university asked the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office last month to trademark the term that refers to the school’s setting in the mountains of central Pennsylvania.
The application says it wants to use the term on clothing and headwear. The paper says that the trademark had been registered but that the holder didn’t renew it. A Penn State spokeswoman says the school wants to consult local government and business leaders about the use of the term. The newspaper says one of its columnists apparently popularized the term in a 1962 piece headlined, “Happy Valley and the Jet Age.”
PITTSBURGH (AP) — If a new year is beckoning, Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls must be about to go up. For the 11th year in a row, motorists will pay more to drive the 359-mile roadway that stretches from the Delaware River to Ohio. Tolls will rise 6 percent for all motorists beginning Sunday. For passenger vehicles traveling the length of the Turnpike, that means an increase from $55 to $58.30 for cash payers and $39.25 to $41.60 for E-ZPass tag holders.
Not everyone thinks it’s necessary. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says increasing tolls could eventually lead motorists to choose other routes. His office is conducting a review of turnpike finances and usage. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the agency hasn’t seen signs of a sustained drop in usage.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania voters will fill two vacancies in the state House in special elections scheduled for March 12. House Speaker Mike Turzai on Wednesday announced the date of the contests for districts in the Scranton area and in Philadelphia.
Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich of Lackawanna County died in office in October, and Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown resigned last month after being sentenced on a bribery conviction. Both of the Democrats ran unopposed and were re-elected in November. The parties will pick candidates to run in the special elections.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A judge has ordered a Delaware County mayor’s removal from office over a decades-old felony conviction. The Delaware County District Attorney’s office announced the judge’s ruling Wednesday against the mayor of Morton, PA, in Delaware County. 54-year-old Morton Democratic Mayor Bruce Blunt must leave office.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Blunt was convicted of assault and resisting arrest in 1988 after he punched officers who were called to break up a bar fight. He was sentenced to five to 23 months in prison. Blunt was elected to mayor in January 2018, beating incumbent Maureen Pisselli. District Attorney Katayoun Copeland filed for Blunt’s removal in February 2018. Blunt has not responded to requests for comment.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dancing tractors, farming drones and story time with Miss Pennsylvania are among the attractions that will draw hundreds of thousands to the annual Pennsylvania Farm Show this month. The event begins Saturday and runs through Jan. 12 at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. This year’s theme is “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story,” which will be reflected in a butter sculpture that will be unveiled Thursday morning.
New to the show this year are a craft beer competition and a market inside the main hall with cheese, honey, maple products and vegetables for sale by the state farmer’s market association. The vast exposition space features the usual livestock and agricultural products, but also branches out into robotics, antiques, cooking demonstrations and informational programs on food safety, selling eggs, and how to prepare for a cheese party. Attendees can learn how to build rain barrels, what it’s like to be a veterinary pathologist and how to start keeping bees.
NEMACOLIN, Pa. (AP) — A woman’s 10 years of karate lessons are being credited with helping her subdue a man suspected of breaking into her western Pennsylvania home a half-hour into the new year. Deborah Hughes told the Washington Observer-Reporter she was saying goodbye to guests at her home in Nemacolin after midnight when she noticed someone inside the home of her 22-year-old college student daughter, Hannah Hughes, who lives across the street.
“I ran out the door, and the only thing I could think was if I get to him, he’s not getting away,” Hannah Hughes, who had been at her parents’ party, told the paper Wednesday. Hannah Hughes said she watched Edward William Staley, 19, of Carmichaels, throw mud and rocks on her father’s truck before she seized him by the hair and flipped him to the ground.
“She took karate for 10 years and it just all kicked in,” Deborah Hughes told the paper. “She took him down and held him in a position where he could not move. She told him, ‘Don’t move or I will break your neck.’ I thought, ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening.'”
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NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix faced criticism Wednesday from human rights groups for pulling an episode in Saudi Arabia of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” series that criticized the kingdom’s powerful crown prince. The American comedian used his second episode, released Oct. 28, to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen.
Human rights group Amnesty International said Saudi Arabia’s censorship of Netflix is “further proof of a relentless crackdown on freedom of expression.” PEN America, the literary and human rights organization, said the move “legitimizes repression.” Netflix said it was simply complying with a local law.
Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the crown prince in columns for the newspaper, was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last year. The U.S. Senate has said it believes the crown prince is responsible for the grisly killing, despite insistence by the kingdom that he had no knowledge of the operation. “It blows my mind that it took the killing of a Washington Post journalist for everyone to go: ‘Oh I guess he’s not really a reformer,'” Minhaj said in the episode. Netflix, in a statement Wednesday, said the episode was removed from the kingdom as a result of a legal request from authorities and not due to its content.
NEW YORK (AP) — Daryl Dragon, the cap-wearing “Captain” of “The Captain and Tennille” who teamed with then-wife Toni Tennille on such easy listening hits as “Love Will Keep Us Together” and “Muskrat Love,” died Wednesday at age 76. Dragon died of renal failure at a hospice in Prescott, Arizona, according to spokesman Harlan Boll. Tennille was by his side.
“He was a brilliant musician with many friends who loved him greatly. I was at my most creative in my life, when I was with him,” Tennille said in a statement. Dragon and Tennille divorced in 2014 after nearly 40 years of marriage, but they remained close and Tennille had moved back to Arizona to help care for him.
Dragon and Tennille met in the early 1970s and soon began performing together, with the ever-smiling Tennille singing and the dourer Dragon on keyboards.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Police in Kentucky are finding some humor after an empty doughnut truck caught fire. No one was injured when the Krispy Kreme driver stopped Monday after noticing smoke in the cab of his truck following a delivery in Morehead. The fire was extinguished quickly and the cause remains undetermined.
Lexington police posted photos on social media of the blackened side of the truck and officers jokingly mourning the truck’s loss.
The post was accompanied by the comment, “No words.” Police departments from across the country chimed in to offer their condolences. The New York City Police Department tweeted , “Hang tight, we are sending backup forthwith … We hope you like sprinkles.”
BERLIN (AP) — Germans hoping to do some New Year’s shopping may find themselves without the cash to do so amid a strike by security van drivers. The ver.di union said Tuesday it’s urging 12,000 employees of firms that distribute cash to banks and stores to walk out on Jan. 2, the first regular day of business in Germany in 2019.
Cash remains the preferred method to buy many items in Germany and cards are often rejected in smaller stores and restaurants. The union wants hourly pay to rise 1.50 euros ($1.72) or 250 euros ($289) a month, and the pay gap between workers in eastern Germany and western Germany closed by 2021.
NEW YORK (AP) — A fleet-footed hound that hails from West Africa is the latest dog in the American Kennel Club’s pack of recognized breeds. The club announced Wednesday that the Azawakh became the 193rd breed in its roster. That means Azawakhs can now compete in many dog shows, though they’re not eligible for the prominent Westminster Kennel Club show until 2020.
The long-legged, smooth-coated Azawakh looks elegant but is no dainty dog. Traditionally a companion of nomads, the breed has long been a hunter and guardian in parts of the Sahara Desert and semi-arid Sahel region, including in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Azawakhs are known for running fast and being loyal to their owners, though sometimes aloof with strangers. Breeds must count hundreds of dogs around the country to be recognized.
NEW YORK (AP) — Television ratings for New Year’s Eve celebrations took a tumble this year — and you can probably partly blame the weather. Contrary to what the soggy celebrants in New York’s Times Square might think, it is because of good weather, not bad. Last year’s ABC’s “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” had its biggest audience since at least 1991 with much of the country locked in a deep freeze.
This year, the Nielsen company said viewership for ABC’s prime-time New Year’s show with Ryan Seacrest averaged 9.1 million people, down 26 percent from last year’s 12.3 million. Fox’s prime-time show with Steve Harvey was down 47 percent to 3.1 million people. Preliminary estimates show that there was a similar dip in viewers for late-night, when coverage included the countdown to 2019.
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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he’s disappointed in the behavior of star wide receiver Antonio Brown but added the team has not received any formal trade request from Brown’s camp. Brown did not play in Pittsburgh’s victory over Cincinnati in the regular-season finale due in part to a lack of communication from Brown about his health. Brown complained of discomfort in his knees last week but opted not to provide Tomlin with an update until hours before kickoff. The Steelers play on our sister station 100.9 The Valley.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are back in a familiar role with a different disguise. The defending Super Bowl champions traded in the dog masks for ski masks but they’re still playoff underdogs for the second straight year. Their road is much tougher this time around because they enter as the No. 6 seed instead of the top seed with a first-round bye and home-field advantage. The Eagles play on our sister station Eagle 107.
WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Avi Toomer’s layup with 1.6 seconds left in the game completed a ferocious comeback with Bucknell climbing out of a 26-point hole in the second half to clip Army 64-63 in the Patriot League opener for both teams Wednesday night. And for good measure, Toomer blocked Army’s final shot, securing the win. Nate Sestina scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the comeback. All but one of his rebounds came off the defensive boards. Kimbal Mackenzie scored 15, making 9 of 10 free throws, and Toomer scored seven.
Army has lost four in a row. The Black Knights enjoyed a 37-13 halftime lead, shooting 15-for-32 with five 3-pointers while Bucknell (7-6) was thrashing — hitting just 4 of 27 from the floor and committing 10 turnovers. The script flipped after halftime with the Bison outscoring Army 51-26. The Black Knights made 10 of 33 shots after halftime, including just 2 of 17 from distance. Matt Wilson led Army (5-9) with 20 points and 15 rebounds for his fourth career double-double. Bucknell men’s basketball plays on our sister station Eagle 107.
BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Danville 66, Loyalsock 58
South Williamsport 51, Sullivan County 49
Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Miami 117 Cleveland 92
Final Dallas 122 Charlotte 84
Final Washington 114 Atlanta 98
Final Brooklyn 126 New Orleans 121
Final Orlando 112 Chicago 84
Final Boston 115 Minnesota 102
Final Detroit 101 Memphis 94
Final Philadelphia 132 Phoenix 127
Final Oklahoma City 107 L.A. Lakers 100
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Pittsburgh 7 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Calgary 5 Detroit 3
Final OT Vancouver 4 Ottawa 3
Final Dallas 5 New Jersey 4
Final Edmonton 3 Arizona 1
Final San Jose 5 Colorado 4
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (5) Kansas 70 (23) Oklahoma 63
Final (6) Nevada 72 Utah St. 49
Final (8) Michigan St. 81 Northwestern 55
Final (11) Texas Tech 62 West Virginia 59
Final (15) North Carolina 77 Harvard 57
Final (19) Houston 74 Tulsa 56
Final Maryland 74 (24) Nebraska 72
TODAY’S SPORTS SCHEDULE
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Toronto at San Antonio 8:00 p.m.
Denver at Sacramento 10:00 p.m.
Houston at Golden State 10:30 p.m.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Minnesota at Toronto 2:00 p.m.
Carolina at Philadelphia 7:00 p.m.
Florida at Buffalo 7:00 p.m.
Calgary at Boston 7:00 p.m.
Chicago at N-Y Islanders 7:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Washington at St. Louis 8:00 p.m.
Tampa Bay at L.A. Kings 10:30 p.m.
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Penn St. at (2) Michigan 7:00 p.m.
(18) NC State at Miami 7:00 p.m.
Illinois at (21) Indiana 7:00 p.m.
Minnesota at (22) Wisconsin 9:00 p.m.
(25) Iowa at Purdue 7:00 p.m.
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